Sport: Superdome Named Desire

Just as New Orleans hit upon jazz, the only unique American contribution to art, and hit upon it almost by accident and despite itself, it could also hit upon the way out of the hell which has overtaken the American city.

—Novelist Walker Percy, in Harper's, 1968

New Orleans may just be doing that today. Its hopes of a renaissance-on-the-Mississippi rest heavily on a single building. That is, the Louisiana Superdome, the arena for the Super Bowl clash between Dallas and Denver. It has been called, variously and hyperbolically, the eighth wonder of...

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